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Colombia coal output down slightly in 2017 to 89.4Mt

By: Reuters     19th February 2018 Colombia, the world's fifth-largest exporter of coal, produced 89.4-million tonnes in 2017, down 1.2% from output the year before, the Energy and Mining Ministry said in a statement on Monday. The country produced 90.5-million tonnes in 2016. 

Colombia's Cerrejon, union reach last-minute deal to avoid strike

By: Reuters     8th February 2018 The largest union at Colombia's top coal mine Cerrejon has reached an 11th-hour salary and benefits deal with the company, avoiding a strike, the union said on Thursday. Cerrejon accounts for 37% of Colombia's coal output, the world's fifth-largest exporter of the mineral, and a strike likely... 

Union at Colombia's Cerrejon votes to strike, mine seeks deal

By: Reuters     29th January 2018 The largest union at Colombia's top thermal coal mine Cerrejon has voted to strike following failed salary and benefit negotiations with the company, the union said on Monday. Cerrejon accounts for 37% of Colombia's coal output, the world's fifth-largest exporter of the mineral, and a strike is... 

Union, Colombia's Cerrejon mine return to talks in bid to avoid strike

By: Reuters     26th January 2018 Colombia's top thermal coal mine Cerrejon and its largest union have returned to talks in a bid to avoid a strike over pay and benefits, the two sides said on Friday. A ten-day voting period for union members to decide whether to stop work after failed talks ends on Monday afternoon. A strike... 

Union at Colombia's Cerrejon to hear wage offer before possible strike vote

By: Reuters     19th January 2018 The largest union at Cerrejon, Colombia's top thermal coal mine, was set to meet with the company on Friday to hear a new salary and benefits offer before deciding whether to hold a vote on a possible strike. A work stoppage at the Cerrejon mine, which belongs in equal parts to BHP Billiton,... 

Colombia's Grupo Argos sells port company to Goldman for $136m

By: Reuters     15th August 2017 Colombian holding company Grupo Argos has sold its 50% stake in a port operator to an investment fund administered by Goldman Sachs for about $136-million, Grupo Argos said in a statement on Monday. Compania de Puertos Asociados, called Compas, moves principally coal and cement through its ports... 

Explorer seeking partners to support its efforts to tap Mauritania’s mineral wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Mauritania has many mining investment opportunities, with economic, social and political conditions conducive to the pursuit of developing a sector considered strategic by the country’s government, says Oil, Energy and Mines Minister Dr Mohamed Abdel Vetah. He points out that the Mauritania... 

Explorer seeking partners to support its efforts to tap Mauritania’s mineral wealth

By: Ilan Solomons     7th July 2017 Mauritania has many mining investment opportunities, with economic, social and political conditions conducive to the pursuit of developing a sector considered strategic by the Mauritanian government, says Mauritania Oil, Energy and Mines Minister Dr Mohamed Abdel Vetah. He points out that... 

Ghana, Mauritania and Sao Tome make ‘meaningful progress’, Malawi publishes first EITI report

By: Ilan Solomons     26th May 2017 At a recent meeting in Bogotá, Colombia, the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI) board agreed to assess the performance of its 51 implementing countries against the EITI standard and found Ghana, Mauritania and Sao Tome and Principe to have made “meaningful progress”. The EITI is... 

Colombia urges blood diamond-style controls for gold buyers

By: Bloomberg     9th May 2017 Colombia is calling for tougher controls over international gold purchases to curb the amount of illegally-mined metal entering mainstream markets, following similar moves by the diamond industry. “There’s a responsibility on the part of buyers to make certain what the origin of the gold is that... 

‘Blood gold’ in US cars, phones funds Marxist rebel armies

By: Bloomberg     16th November 2016 Deep in the jungles of Colombia, thousands of small, illegal mining operations, many under the control of Marxist guerrillas or drug traffickers, are working long hours to pull gold out of the ground. Miners are digging in out-of-the-way places such as Timbiquí and Río Quito. From there, the gold... 

Top Colombia gold miner faces production halt amid protests

By: Bloomberg     22nd September 2016 Gran Colombia Gold Corp. will have to halt production by Friday if protests at its operations don’t end by then, a further headache for the Colombian government as it struggles to enforce regulations governing the country’s gold industry. Miners operating without permits inside Gran Colombia... 

Sparing mine heritage sites has payoff potential for the South African economy

By: Martin Creamer     16th September 2016 Johannesburg should do more to flaunt its gold heritage, which will be good for South AFrica's tourist economy and also boost mining's battered image. 

The legend of El Dorado

28th September 2012 Stories and legends of the quest for and discovery of fabulous golden treasure dominate the popular history and mythology of gold. No legend is more popular than that of the search for El Dorado, the ‘Lost City of Gold’. It is a legend that has endured for the better part of four centuries,... 

Colombia rejects modified permits for some coal miners

By: Reuters     14th June 2012 Colombia's environmental licensing authority has rejected requests to modify permits for coal expansion projects including at top producers Drummond and Glencore International's Prodeco unit over pollution worries, the body said on Wednesday. Colombia's top thermal coal exporters, which are... 

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